TWO goals just prior to the hour mark were enough to seal Frome Town’s progress against local rivals Paulton Rovers in the Southern League Cup on Tuesday.

Frome went close in the eighth minute as Ollie Knight cut in from the left to bring a good save from Andrew Hannah and although Jake Jackson was first to the rebound his shot cleared the bar by a distance.

A minute later, Jon Davies’ mazy run took him through three challenges, only to hit his left-foot shot over the bar.

Frome started the second half well and after Joe Raynes had brought a good save from Hannah with a low header and Darren Jefferies had beaten the offside trap and shot just past the far post, they opened the scoring in the 57th minute as a low corner was swung in and Raynes pulled the ball onto his left foot and hit a crisp half volley into the net.

They made it 2-0 two minutes later as Marcus Mapstone hit a crisp left-foot half-volley into the net.

Paulton pulled one back two minutes later as David Sims used his strength to advance into the box and shoot low under Kyle Phillips, Frome failed in their attempt to get to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round on Saturday as they lost 2-1 at Heybridge Swifts.

The visitors went behind to a goal from Juan Luque on the half hour and despite levelling through Chas Hemmings in the 75th minute in a much better second half, Swifts booked their place in the draw four minutes later through Sam Bantick.